Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Ligendza, Cox, Ridderbusch, Mazura, Martin, Reynolds, Neidlinger; Stein. Bayreuth, 1972
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- Catarina Ligendza saves the best for last, delivering a Götterdämmerung-Brünnhilde that is both human in scale and Wagnerian in sensibility.
- The real achievement of Jean Cox's Siegfried is the sheer beauty that he maintains in his sound throughout the many hours of super-human singing.
- Karl Ridderbusch's suave Hagen was no stranger to Bayreuth audiences, and he demonstrates in this performance why he owned this role for so many years.
- The insight and sensitivity Franz Mazura brings to the role of Gunther shines a human side on this character that is often missing.
- Ursula Schröder-Feinen makes an impressive cameo as the Third Norn.
- Act II contains intermittent skipping.